This week we are especially proud to be Texans.
Just a few days ago, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against social media influencer Brittany Dawn Davis and her business for misleading thousands of women about their nutritional care. Davis promised personalized nutritional guidance and individualized fitness coaching, but instead delivered one-size-fits-all weight-loss plans with little follow-up, often to people who told her they had eating disorders.
While we were saddened to hear the details of this story, we know that these kinds of behaviors are all too common in today’s world. iLiveWell has been supporting Texans with nutritional care for over a decade — we are proud that our attorney general chose to take action and hope that this decision protects Texans from misleading and harmful advice in the future.
We at iLiveWell want to highlight 3 ideas we can all learn from this story:
- Remember that Social Media isn’t Real. Influencers like Davis set unrealistic expectations of how our bodies should look, leading to feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s important to be mindful and remember that the things you see on your feed don’t reflect reality.
- Be Wary of People Selling “Quick-Fixes” or “Hacks”. While shortcuts can be tempting, sustainable improvements in your physical and mental health take time. Anyone telling you otherwise is trying to take advantage of you.
- Seek out Experts. Davis claimed to be an expert but had no formal training in nutrition. Before taking someone’s advice, be sure to ask yourself: “Does this person really know what’s best for me?”
If you’re struggling with sorting through the nutrition noise on social media, check out our services and sign up for an initial appointment with one of our medically-trained dietitians. We take the time to actually get to know you and are always here to work with you to make lasting improvements to your health.
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.